Fine antique Persian rugs entered in online auction March 28

Mahajeran Sarouk rug, 13 ft. 11 in. x 10 ft. 5 in, circa 1900, northern Persia, wool on cotton. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than three dozen antique rugs and another 25 vintage rugs will be offered in an online auction to be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, March 28. These handmade carpets, many in excellent condition, carry as much utilitarian as artistic value, accentuating any home with their rich tradition. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nazi-looted portrait returned to heirs, will be auctioned

Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony (1503-1554), painted in 1531 by Lucas Cranach, the Elder

NEW YORK (AP) – For nearly 80 years, the trail was stone cold for a missing 16th-century Renaissance portrait, looted by the Nazis from an estate in the Netherlands.

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Picasso pitcher, Singer painting stand out at Gray’s March 28

Clyde J. Singer (1908-1999) ‘Art Exhibit, January 1963,’ casein on board. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image

CLEVELAND – A striking Clyde Singer painting titled Art Exhibit, dated 1963, opens Gray’s March 28 auction, a sale that also features works by Picasso and Miro as well as fine jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Van Gogh exhibit links to Japanese woodblock prints 

Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, and Nienke Bakker, senior conservator, reveal ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear’ (1889, The Courtauld Gallery, London). Van Gogh Museum image

AMSTERDAM – On March 23, the Van Gogh Museum will open “Van Gogh & Japan,” a major exhibition about the influence of Japanese art on the work of Vincent van Gogh. With some 60 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh and a large selection of Japanese prints, the exhibition explores the extent of Van Gogh’s admiration for this form of art and the fundamental impact it had on his work.

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Van Cleef & Arpels butterfly could soar at Jasper52 sale March 27

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K white gold and diamond Flying Beauties ring, 3.11 carats, 4.5 ring size. Estimate: $38,000-$46,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Designers’ interpretations of flora and fauna are featured in a premium jewelry auction presented by Jasper52 on Tuesday, March 27. This highly curated fine jewelry auction showcases exceptional pieces in a variety of mediums. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Woven legacies: Native-American baskets

An Apache pictorial woven olla basket jar, circa 1915, sold for $16,000 at Showtime Auction Services in September 2017.

NEW YORK — The artistry and craftsmanship of Native-American baskets is enough to make them important and desirable works of art in their own right but when you factor in the stories they tell of the culture and daily lives of their makers, their legacy in the annals of American art becomes that much clearer.

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Waverly’s March 22 sale offers signed L.C. Tiffany book

Book titled ‘The Art Work of Louis C. Tiffany,’ signed by Tiffany himself, printed in 1914, one of only 502 issued and one of 492 that were printed on Japon vellum, numbered 354. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Waverly Rare Books image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Rare books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, prints, photographs and ephemera spanning several centuries are up for bid in a catalog auction slated for this Thursday, March 22, by the Waverly Rare Books division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. Interested collectors can view all 413 lots in the online catalog now and bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare mid-century lighting featured in Nova Ars sale March 27

Pietro Chiesa, Fontana Arte, ceiling lamp, circa 1940, 80 x 35 cm, 32 x 14 in. Estimate: €3,000–€3,500. Nova Ars image

ASTI, Italy – Two mid-century modern lighting fixtures are attracting attention to Nova Ars online auction to be conducted on Tuesday, March 27. The sale represents an interesting design collection of decorative arts of the 20th century, much of it designed and made in Italy. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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More than $4 million in art sold at annual Russell auction

Charles M. Russell, Buffalo Hunt #7, oil, 21.875 x 34.375 inches. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and the C.M. Russell Museum

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – Organizers say more than $4 million in art was sold at the 50th annual Russell auction in Great Falls.

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English intarsia table cover tops $25K at Cowan’s auction

Rare 1831 English intarsia patchwork pictorial table cover. Price Realized: $25,200. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s once again proved itself as one of the premier folk art and Americana auction houses in the world as rare and unique pieces drew intense interest in Cowan’s March Fine & Decorative Art Auction on March 10. It was also a good day for the antique furniture, Asian art, and fine silver categories, all of which saw several lots soar past their estimates.  Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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